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Magic House Children’s Exhibit at Airport Gets Full Funding

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is about to get a lot more kid friendly.

Today officials from Lambert, The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum, and Rally Saint Louis announced that a 1,500-square-foot, hands-on children’s exhibit has received full funding and approvals to begin construction. This is a $150,000 project.  It will open in late May for the start of the busy summer travel season.

“We’re thrilled to welcome The Magic House’s unparalleled brand of engaging children’s exhibits to the Airport in the C Concourse,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  “This is just one more element that is helping to build upon the overall airport experience.”

“The Play Port” will feature a transportation hub of fun with climb-in and climb-out venues, including a plane, a train and multiple cars. The play area will also include a child-size air traffic control tower, car rental counters and an airport screening area.

“Traveling with young children can be challenging, and our goal is to create a fun and welcoming experience in St. Louis and convey what a wonderful place the metro area is for families,” said Beth Fitzgerald, President of The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum.  “This has been a longtime dream to use The Magic House’s unique interactive play and learning concepts to welcome and entertain visitors to our airport.” 

City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay applauded the idea, as well as the grassroots and corporate support the project received to make it a reality.

“We’re living in a new era of collaboration and innovation across St. Louis,” Mayor Slay said.  “We’re all working to improve our City and region and to see projects coming to fruition through Rally Saint Louis is rewarding, to say the least.”

Major donors and supporters of this exhibit include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Carr Lane Manufacturing Co., the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro, Jane and Dave Peacock, as well as private donations generated through Rallystl.org.

After launching in November 2012, the first-of-its-kind platform allows consumers to submit, vote for, and help fund ideas that drive progress in greater St. Louis.  Rally Saint Louis has served as a key player in generating and funding five projects, including The Magic House exhibit, across greater St. Louis, as well as:

“Rally Saint Louis has continued to spark the imagination and civic pride of our fellow St. Louisans,” said Brian Cross, who co-founded Rally Saint Louis alongside partner Aaron Perlut.  “Seeing great projects like this reach funding and become a reality for everyone in the region hopefully will inspire more people to get involved and create the next big thing to make St. Louis even greater.”

Wreath Master: Lambert Photo of the Week

Ollie Gramlich and his Field Maintenance crew meticulously decorates inside and outside the terminals for the holiday season.

For more than 10 years, Field Maintenance Supervisor Ollie Gramlich has led a team in decorating Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Their decorating duties start before Thanksgiving. There are plenty of decorations including more than 30 wreaths and hundreds of swags. It’s not just a job for the team. Every year, Gramlich and his team add a fresh, new festive look to the holiday decorations. Gramlich says that could include switching and changing the locations of the decorations and adding something new. This year, Gramlich hopes the addition of a Santa sleigh in both Terminals will warm the holiday hearts of travelers.

Patching Pavement: Lambert Photo of the Week

Crews pour concrete into a new roadway cut to replace damaged sections on Lambert International Boulevard.

 Airports have a lot of pavement, that’s for sure. Maintaining that pavement goes beyond the airfield where airplanes land and taxi. There are miles and miles of roadways that connect workers, travelers and visitors to our terminals and support buildings. This week, a major concrete roadway repair project moved into high gear on Lambert International Boulevard. Crews with Gershenson Construction Company are cutting our damaged sections of the roadway and pouring new concrete. The job is called spot slab repairs. The slab repair work will be done across two miles of the roadway between Terminal 2 and Cypress Road. All of this is weather permitting. The project should be completed in the Spring.

Security Silence- Lambert Photo of the Week

TSA officers pause for a moment of silence to remember a fellow officer killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday, November 1, 2013.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was one of many airports across the country to hold a moment of silence in memory of fallen Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer Gerardo Hernandez Friday. Officer Hernandez was killed in the line of duty when a gunman went on a rampage targeting TSA officers at Los Angeles International Airport. TSA Federal Security Director Bill Switzer made the announcement to halt security checkpoint operations in St. Louis at 11:20 a.m. CST in honor of Hernandez. It was a somber moment for TSA officers and passengers.

Lambert Welcomes New Leadership in Key Executive Positions

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has filled vacancies for two key executive positions with the promotion of Jerry Beckmann and the addition of Amber Gooding.

Lambert promoted Jerry Beckmann to Deputy Director-Planning & Development after four years as the Airport Assistant Director of Engineering.  Beckmann joins the Senior Executive Team managing Planning and Engineering, Planning Development and Environmental/Safety departments.  Beckmann is responsible for the planning, contracting and execution of all construction projects at Lambert while also coordinating long-range master plan goals for all airfield and airport properties. 

Jerry Beckmann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering (University of Missouri-Rolla) and a Master’s of Business Administration (University of Missouri-St. Louis).  He became a registered Professional Engineer in 1993.

Lambert also welcomes Amber Gooding to the staff as the Airport Assistant Director of DBE Programs. Amber Gooding is responsible for managing the City of St. Louis and Lambert Airport’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and M/WBE certification and compliance programs. These programs promote business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women businesses for Airport and City departments.

Amber Gooding has more than 25 years of experience in business development across several industries including healthcare, aviation and government.  Gooding was most recently the President/CEO of Diverse Resources, LLC, a consulting firm aimed at supporting business development for small, minority and women-owned businesses.  Prior to that position, she was the Director of Business Diversity Development at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority from 2007-2012. She was responsible for leading all aspects of the Airport Authority’s federally mandated Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concessions (ACDBE) programs.

Amber Gooding holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Finance (Christian Brothers University) and a Master’s in Business Administration (Lipscomb University) with a concentration in leadership and organizational development.

Blue Oasis: Lambert Photo of the Week

A crew from Missouri Terrazzo lays down a punch of color this week in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby.

The Terminal 1 renovations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have featured sky white ceilings, walls and flooring. But this week, a punch of color was added to the mix of this major interior makeover. All new terrazzo flooring has been poured in stages over the last two years on the ticketing level. Terrazzo, which gives off a granite-like appearance, is made with a cementious mix of epoxy and aggregate such as marble, sea shells, plate glass, mirrors and other materials. For the final major pour of on the ticketing level, Lambert turned the mix blue for a new rest and relaxation area. This new terminal oasis will feature other eye-catching amenities as well, which will be revealed in coming weeks.

Foundry Art Centre Opens Whimsical Art Exhibit, Rat Race, at Lambert

The Foundry Art Centre & Lambert St. Louis-International Airport present an exhibition of whimsical artwork, Rat Race, now through February 23, 2014. Read the rest of entry »

Winging It: Lambert Photo of the Week

A crowd watches overhead as crews from the Missouri History Museum install the left wing to Lindbergh’s 1934 Monocoupe that returned to Lambert on October 20.

The Missouri History Museum was certainly winging it this week, but they knew what they were doing. Aviation restoration and exhibition experts were on hand to complete the return of a 1934 D-127 Monocoupe built for Charles Lindbergh. It was removed in early 2011 after more than 30 years on display over the C Checkpoint. It was removed to make way for terminal renovations. During its two-year hiatus, the Museum completely restored the historic plane and its original fabric skin (wings). On October 20 crews reattached the wings on site before raising the plane over the checkpoint once again. The Museum also added a new interactive digital history display on the upper level.

Lambert’s Terminal Recycling Program Doubles Output in 2013

A comprehensive terminal and concourse recycling program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has already seen output double in the first six months since it was implemented earlier this year. Lambert expects to increase output even more with the roll out this week of dozens of combined single-stream recycling and trash containers for all public areas in the terminals, concourses and parking garages. Read the rest of entry »

Historic Aircraft Returns to Lambert with New Digital Exhibit

After a two year hiatus, a historic plane once owned by Charles Lindbergh has returned to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to hang once again over the C Concourse Checkpoint in Terminal 1. The Missouri History Museum completed a nine-hour installation of the 1934 D-127 Monocoupe aircraft on Sunday, Oct. 20. Wings and other equipment were attached onsite prior to raising the plane into position. The Museum is sharing the experience of the complicated installation through a time lapse video.

The Missouri History Museum has also installed a new interactive history kiosk which is in line-of-sight of the aircraft from the upper level of Terminal 1 overlooking the checkpoint atrium. The kiosk displays the history of Lambert and Charles Lindbergh and also chronicles the efforts by the Museum to save and exhibit this historic aircraft over the years, including its most recent restoration.

The plane was removed in March of 2011 to make way for terminal renovations. During that time, the Missouri history Museum conducted a historic conservation effort of the aircraft, which included preserving the aircraft’s original fabric skin. The Monocoupe was originally installed at Lambert in 1979. The accumulation of dust and other airborne pollutants over 30 years made it necessary for the plane to undergo a complete conservation effort in order to ensure the continued preservation of the aircraft. Stress fractures along several seams in the plane’s fabric covering and the tears caused by general wear required professional attention.

Charles Lindbergh’s Monocoupe plane was built by Lambert Aircraft Corporation in August 1934. It was just one of three planes built completely in St. Louis by the company. He donated it to the Missouri History Museum in 1940.

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